Why we need nature
Nature is essential to our lives. Our soils, seas, trees and bees provide us with fresh food, while forests help filter the air and prevent flooding – among other things. What's more, nature is essential to our mental health and wellbeing.
Yet we’re losing nature at a terrifying rate.
One million animal species globally are at risk of extinction, including a quarter of UK mammals. The UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 of the UN biodiversity targets that we set a decade ago. And we have just 13% woodland cover in the UK (compared to an EU average of 35%).
Urgent action is needed to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
Our work on nature
We’re calling on government to adopt a Green and Fair Recovery Plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies. One of the key features of the plan is proper investment and prioritisation of nature, including:
- £0.8 billion per year for habitat creation
- £2.6 billion a year on environmental land management
- Access to high quality, nature-rich, green spaces for all – only around a third of the population currently have access to a public park or playing field of a reasonable size within a 5-minute walk.
Our campaigners are also hard at work feeding in to consultations that will impact the health of our natural world, such as the Pesticides Strategy, and campaigning for strong rules on food imports to protect animal welfare
Your donation makes a difference
For our own health and our planet’s, we need long-term solutions. We need your help to get the government to commit to a green and fair recovery for all.
When you become a member of Friends of the Earth, you're providing vital support for our campaigns.
Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve achieved huge success over the years:
✔️ Climate Change Act: A world first law designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
✔️ Recycling Act: That green bin on your doorstep is thanks to our community, bringing recycling to every home and reducing plastic waste in our seas.
✔️ Government commit to stop funding fossil fuels abroad: In 2020 our campaigners helped pressure the government to stop funding climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects abroad. A huge win for global climate justice.
Take a stand today
By joining Friends of the Earth, you'll be part of our campaign to make more space for nature and help fight climate and ecological breakdown.
As a member, you’ll get:
- exclusive updates
- expert green lifestyle tips
- our award-winning Friends of the Earth magazine.
We know that the future could look greener and healthier for everyone. But we need to act now. And to do that, we need your support.